Frequently Asked Questions
What is an eLearning course?
eLearning courses come in a variety of types but all are designed to provide access and flexibility to students.
Most eLearning courses are online, asynchronous (no meeting time) courses that can be completed from any location. Though these courses are asynchronous, many have weekly deadlines. For questions about a particular course schedule, please contact the instructor.
A smaller number of eLearning courses are audio conference, video conference or a hybrid model of online and face-to-face instruction. When students register, there will be specific information about these courses listed in the course notes. Students should also look to see if there are meeting times listed with their courses.
Do I have to be a UAF student to take an eLearning course?
No, anyone can take courses from UAF eLearning!
Do eLearning students pay resident tuition?
Yes. All students enrolled in UAF eLearning courses pay resident tuition.
Where is my class? How do I log in to Blackboard?
UAF eLearning courses are located in Blackboard (though your instructor may have additional sites for your particular course).
First, go to https://classes.alaska.edu/. This is the Blackboard login page. Here you will be able to enter your UA ID and password. Not sure what they are? You UA username and password will be the same username/password you use to access your alaska.edu email account.
If you forget your username and password you can use the “Forgot username or Password” link on that page to reset your information.
How do I get my exam proctored?
If you are located in Fairbanks, you should take proctored exams at the UAF eLearning Exam Center. No appointment is necessary. We are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. During the fall and spring semesters we have extended hours on Wednesdays and Thursdays until 7 p.m.
If you live in Alaska but outside of Fairbanks, you must select an appropriate proctor before requesting your exam. A local educational institution like a public school, university, community college, library or a learning center is the best choice. Relatives, close friends, peer coworkers or students cannot be proctors.
If you choose to use one of the proctors from the approved list, simply fill out the Request an Exam form. Allow one week for processing. Your exam will be sent to your proctor.
If you are located outside of Alaska and need a proctored exam, identify a local proctor and then fill out the Request an Exam form. An educational institution like a public school, university, community college, library or a learning center is the best place to start. If you have trouble locating a proctor, email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
How do I calculate my GPA?
Your Grade Point Average (GPA) can be calculated manually by determining the number of points you received for each grade in a semester (or cumulatively). UAF uses plus and minus grades. Here is a point break-down:
Add the points for each grade you received in a semester (or cumulatively). For example, if Joe Smith received one A, two B+, one F, and one C+ last semester he would add 4.0+3.3+3.3+0.0+2.3= 12.9. Divide the total by the number of grades (five in this case) 12.9/5= 2.58 GPA.
You can also visit this site which provides an automatic GPA calculator: http://www.onlineconversion.com/grade_point_average.htm